Embarrassing Interview With Jaymes Diaz, Liberal Candidate For Greenway

The Liberal candidate for Greenway, Jaymes Diaz, has been embarrassed by an awkward interview with a Channel 10 reporter in which he was unable to articulate the party’s policy on stopping asylum seeker boats.

Interviewed by John Hill, Diaz repeatedly referred to the Liberal Party’s “six-point plan” to “stop the boats” but was unable to itemise the six points. Diaz said: “Here’s the thing. The boats started under Kevin Rudd. Under the Coalition government, we’d stopped the boats.”

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Diaz was also unable to provide much detail about other areas of policy. The interview was eventually brought to an end by a Liberal Party official.

Diaz, a controversial candidate not supported in some sections of the Liberal Party, is contesting the outer metropolitan Sydney electorate for the second time. In 2010, he secured a swing of 4.79% against the new Labor candidate, Michelle Rowland, losing by 1402 votes and reducing her margin to 0.88%. [Read more…]


Gillard Offers Western Sydney Motorway Funding With Conditions

On the first full day of her week-long campaign in western Sydney, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has promised funding for the western Sydney motorway network, provided the state government comes up with an acceptable business plan.

Speaking beside a noisy motorway with Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese and Labor MPs from western Sydney, Gillard stipulated several conditions for her government’s support for WestConnex project. [Read more…]